The last American city to host the Olympics was Salt Lake City back in the winter of 2002. Now some in Utah are confidently declaring that they’re “ready, willing, and able” for another go round in 2026.
The Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee submitted a report to Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker Thursday claiming that a return of the Games to the 2002 host city would boost the economy with $5 billion, create 30,000 job years, and bring in tax revenue of roughly $75 million.
“Bringing the Games back to Salt Lake City,” the report read,” would provide additional opportunities to give back to the Olympic movement, continue to promote Olympic ideals, strengthen and grow our sustainable legacies from the 2002 Games.”
Even better, the Salt Lake Olympics were recent enough that the report suggests the city would save greatly on construction costs for venues and infrastructure since most what was built for the last Games is still standing and in operation. They would only need to be updated, rather than starting from scratch.
The mayor and governor will decide whether or not to move forward on the bid in mid-November, but the actual campaigning process won’t begin until 2016, with the vote coming in 2019.